Strain Rate and Temperature Effects on Tensile Properties of Polycrystalline Cu6Sn5 by Molecular Dynamic Simulation

W Huang and KL Pan and J Zhang and YB Gong, CRYSTALS, 11, 1415 (2021).

DOI: 10.3390/cryst11111415

Intermetallic compounds (IMCs) are essential in the soldering of electronic products and are composed mainly of Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn. They must maintain reliable mechanical and electrical connections. As they are usually only a few microns thick, and it is difficult to study their mechanical properties by traditional methods. In this study, a 100 A x 100 A x 100 A polycrystal with 10 grains was created by Atomsk through Voronoi tessellation based on a Cu6Sn5 unit cell. The effects of the temperature and strain rate on the tensile properties of the polycrystalline Cu6Sn5 were analyzed based on MEAM potential function using a molecular dynamics (MD) method. The results show that Young's modulus and ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of the polycrystalline Cu6Sn5 decrease approximately linearly with an increase in temperature. At high strain rates (0.001-100 ps(-1)), Young's modulus and UTS of the Cu6Sn5 are logarithmic with respect to the strain rate, and both increase with an increase in strain rate. In addition, at low strain rates (0.00001-0.0005 ps(-1)), the UTS has a quadratic increase as the strain rate increases.

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